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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by...

It is 12:42 AM as I write this. I just got back from seeing the movie "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." To sum up what I have to say about this movie will take only four words: DO NOT MISS IT. I would see it again in a heartbeat. It was an excellent picture. I saw the trailer for it some months ago and had forgotten it. My weekend begins with the discovery of this movie's opening, and ends this morning after I returned from seeing it.

It was just Friday afternoon, when I was looking at the new releases in the cinemas and saw this picture and remembered that I had really wanted to see it. Serendipity strikes again. Impulsive clod that I all too frequently am, I immediately shot off an e-mail to a wonderful woman of whom I immediately thought upon making my discovery. Two immediate considerations were foremost in my mind: the first, that I really really think that movie-going is a group activity, best with one, and often times, two, or three friends, and somewhat lacking as a solo activity; and second, I was certain that the lady in question would be immediately intrigued by it and enjoy it. I am sure that anyone reading this is already cringing, realizing my grotesque faux pas. Alas, I had, for the second time in an amazingly short period, forgotten Important Lesson for the Newly Single, Number 16: "Fun, pretty, women have a shockingly short shelf life!" and also Important Lesson for the Newly Single, Number 24: "Asking a woman out too close to the event in question will be interpreted as the presumption that she has nothing better to do lined up already, and is just rude." True to form in dire hindsight, I discovered that the lady did indeed already have plans and my invitation had no doubt been ignominiously reduced to its component bits with all the other inconsiderate spam and was no doubt a wisp of electrons coating her recycle bin. For some stupid questions, the only just answer is the sound of the wind. I'm so out of practice at this. One can ask one's wife to the movies at the last minute, as one usually knows where she is and what she has planned, ahead of time, but to paraphrase the great Mel Brooks, I "stink on ice" at this asking-somebody-out thing. Be that as it may, I still contrived to go see this movie alone, this evening. I was not disappointed, even though having nobody with whom to share such an excellent film experience really needled me.

Friends, after seeing this movie, I wanted to get right back in line and see this thing again. It was that excellent. It was better than "Pirates of the Caribbean" better than "Matrix: Revolutions" and better than any sea-faring adventure that I have ever seen. For a Russell Crowe flick, it was better than "Gladiator." It has everything: action, adventure, massive explosions, sword fights, gun fights, thundering cannons, deadly stormy seas, and teeth-clenching gory violence which entirely advances the story and is in no way gratuitous. The story itself is excellent too. It is a tale of adventure, friendship, loyalty, duty, ingenuity, audacity, pride, tragedy, loss, and steel-balled courage. If you have not seen this movie, and you are not a historical detail research freak, then you have no idea what a grueling life it was aboard the tall ships. This movie renders that life in gritty detail, and not a second of celluloid is wasted in boredom. You have not seen a nautical adventure move, ever, if you have not seen this film.

The story takes place during the Napoleonic wars, in 1805, and concerns one English Captain, "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, who has been ordered to sail his ship, the Surprise, to South America and to intercept and capture or destroy a bigger, faster, better armed French ship, the Acheron, before it can make its way around Cape Horn to the Pacific Ocean and prey upon the British shipping interests there. The entire movie is an edge-of-your-seat series of harrowing chase and battle scenes interspersed with excellent sub-plots involving life and its attendant pleasures risks and sorrows aboard a nineteenth century tall ship. The acting was superb. The cinematography was fantastic. Even the soundtrack was wonderful.

At any rate, I must sack out, if I am to be worth anything at work tomorrow. Further weekend chronicles, for those looking for an insomnia remedy or cheap thrills, will follow when I can keep my eyes open. It's been a busy weekend.

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Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up! Was thinking about heading to the movies perhaps this week with the folks. YEA!

Important Lesson for the Newly Single, Number 16: "Fun, pretty, women have a shockingly short shelf life!"

Why? Just curious is all. Might help explain the earlier part of this year to me, but I still think he was terrified.

Important Lesson for the Newly Single, Number 24: "Asking a woman out too close to the event in question will be interpreted as the presumption that she has nothing better to do lined up already, and is just rude."

I wouldn't worry about the last minute date. Try again and make sure you give it a couple of days. Unless you are friends sometimes last minute is okay, but it sounds like more. Good luck. ;)

It is nice that someone thinks it a little rude to ask for a date last minute. I have a co-worker that does such things on occasion. Alas, I still haven't managed to go out with him and that's a good thing. :)

Fun, pretty women have shockingly short shelf lives because they don't stay on the shelves, supplies are limited, act now! Heh heh. I'm sure you're familiar with the phenomenon, either that or you work awfully hard at being reclusive. ; ) Some guys are intimidated by this type of lady -- usually the young and foolish guys.

Oh, I'm not really worried. "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." --Friedrich Nietzsche To live is to learn. I certainly do intend to try again. I am nothing if not persistent and patient. Heh. Why do you think last minute is okay except for friends? Actually, I don't really know the woman in question all that well, but I'd like to find out a bit more about who she is. She may have misgivings about my intentions -- after all, she doesn't know me all that well either. Being single is such a minefield.

As for that last comment...first you tell me not to worry and then you tell me that ducking such a last-minute-guy is a good thing? Now I'm confused.

I think you misunderstood me. I meant that friends will sometimes ask you to do something last minute and one goes for it if they are available. However, if you don't really know someone it might be awkward, but then again it could be spontaneous and fun. Catch 22?

All situations are different, but if you say yes when asked on a date the same day, the guy (or female) may begin to take you for granted. 'Oh I'll wait to call her today since she was available last time'. Is that understandable? Then again if you know someone pretty well (say a co-worker) then every once in awhile a spur of the moment type thing can work out well. So on one hand I say don't worry and on the other I say give her more time in the future. Given these are just from experience and/or other observations. ;)

Aw! Now I understand, I thought you meant that they have short shelf lives with someone just recently single. Thank you for the clarification and compliment. I'm a bit more reserved and I think some men think I'm blowing them off when really I'm just waiting for them to make the move or talk. I am shy in the beginning and it can be taken different ways. I typically can't mask my feelings, but in this case I do if that makes any sense. Old-fashioned in the beginning unless there are serious sparks, flirting and/or possibly a little alcohol. :)

If you found this lady to be hard to track down lately in general, perhaps she didn't even get your email 'til she figured it was too late to take you up on it.

Also, another possibility is that she doesn't know her work schedule.

But yeah, you were probably snubbed and secretly mocked in her brain for daring to invite her to a Russel Crowe film. She probably can't stand Russel Crowe, is all.

She sounds wicked, I'd be wary if I were you!

I always prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt and think that it is me that is the problem when I get these impetuous ideas. Not everyone is amenable to my level of spontaneity. The ex often thought of it as one of the curses on our marital existence.

I didn't suspect that the lady would mock me, per se. I don't think that is her style at all, but I did ask on very short notice, and I knew that that would likely be a problem when I did it, and yet that did not deter me. It was a shot in the dark. I was merely worried that the lady would mistake such an impromptu invitation as a cavalier disregard for her circumstances, or that she might assume I was merely inviting her because "everyone else" had already turned me down, or as I said, that she would think that I was assuming that she had nothing better to do on a weekend, when the simple truth was that I was acting on a fortuitous bit of serendipity. As a child of conservative parents, I am aware of some esoteric factoids, such as the fact that it used to be considered bad form to ask a lady out on very short notice and I wasn't sure what she would make of the gesture. I dislike being misunderstood and would be mortified to be thought rude.

Also, given the fact that we have never met in person, and the fact that she didn't reply to the e-mail, I worried that the lady may have reservations or misgivings about my intentions. She has had a couple of problematical experiences of late and has mentioned that she is somewhat leery of "the dating scene." Given my own brief and recent brushes with this phenomena myself, I can certainly empathize -- it does seem to be something of a minefield. Add to this, the fact that I have confessed a certain infatuation with her based solely on a rather indirect interaction and you can see why I would be somewhat in the dark with regards to her reaction to me.

Nevertheless, given the encouraging feedback I have seen, I think it would behoove me compose another e-mail to the lady forthwith, or as soon as I can get to my home e-mail account, this one having a somewhat longer timeframe, and see what can be worked out betwixt us with regard to schedule. It really is a great movie and I'm encouraging everyone I know to see it. I'd love to see it again, myself, this time, with company. Thanks for commenting, Muse.

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